Professional Development and Certification

Professional Development

The objective of IAAP is to help accessibility professionals develop and advance their careers and to help organizations integrate accessibility into their products and infrastructure. The IAAP will provide a place for accessibility professionals around the world to gather, share experiences and enrich their knowledge of accessibility.

IAAP has developed and implemented a professional development framework program to provide professionals working in accessibility and those interested in knowing more about accessibility the knowledge they need to ensure they have the ability to influence and implement accessibility within their organization.

Our Individual Professional Development (IPD) Committee is focused on creating a framework that defines the scope and essential competencies of the accessibility profession. This framework guides IAAP as a whole, individual members, and the world in general about what being an accessibility professional means.

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IAAP Certification

IAAP’s core mission is about helping the accessibility profession advance and includes focal points such as education and professional certification.

In 2016, IAAP launched the Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certification.

This foundational certification represents a broad, cross-disciplinary conceptual knowledge about 1) disabilities, 2) accessibility and universal design, and 3) accessibility-related standards, laws, and management strategies.

In June 2017, IAAP announced our second credential exam. The Web Accessibility Specialist (WAS) is a technical level credential ideal for those who personally design, develop, implement, evaluate, or manage the technical details of accessible web solutions.

Many accessibility professionals around the world have now become successfully certified.

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